Natalia Potanina once lived in a world of absolute luxury, and she’s not giving that up without a fight.
What would seem like excessive luxury to others is a mere lifestyle to her, dividing her time between a fantasy palace near Moscow and one of two luxury yachts in the South of France.
She is now seeking half her ex-husband’s fortune, which could mean she walks away with $7 billion (R103 billion). Vladimir Potanina is considered one of Russia’s richest men, with an estimated net worth of $13.5 billion.
The divorce hearing could take place in London, as foreigners are allowed to seek justice in the country if they can provide strong links to the UK.
Mrs Potanina has been living in the UK for the past two years. The Daily Beast expands:
In the interview Potanina implies that she will likely pursue her case in the U.K. courts, if, as expected, the Russian supreme court throws out her appeal against a previous Russian court’s curious ruling that her husband, listed by Forbes as the 78th richest man in the world, had no meaningful assets.
Potamina claims that she is being prevented from returning to her home or to Russia:
“It’s traditional. Deprive me of money and drive me out of the house… There are many people who end up in this situation. I guess this is true worldwide but especially in Russia. Our society is male dominated. The law is male. The ideology is male.”
However, whether she would actually ever be able to get her ex to pay up is another matter.
She should be entitled to half the fortune as they were both penniless students when they met, she explains,
I did not marry an oligarch who already owned factories and steamships. We lived in my parents’ apartment.
Meanwhile, Vladimir is reportedly building his third yacht.
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